Bye-Bye, Kevin

Kevin (9 W. Hubbard St.; 312-595-0055), after six years in River North, is closing. “There are too many Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, too many Januarys and Julys and Augusts,” said Kevin and Alan Shikami, the owners, in an e-mail. “You wait for the business to come back, but the years pass and the sales decline. We have put the restaurant on the market and at the end of February we will close the doors.” This is sad news, especially…

Kevin (9 W. Hubbard St.; 312-595-0055), after six years in River North, is closing. “There are too many Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, too many Januarys and Julys and Augusts,” said Kevin and Alan Shikami, the owners, in an e-mail. “You wait for the business to come back, but the years pass and the sales decline. We have put the restaurant on the market and at the end of February we will close the doors.” This is sad news, especially from a restaurant that we named one of Chicago’s best new spots in Best New Restaurants (May 2002), but at least the brothers Shikami still have their seven-month-old Shikago (190 S. LaSalle; 312-781-7300). Expect a month of celebrations at Kevin, say the Shikamis: “We will discount our wonderful things, to encourage the public to come and drink our cellar.”

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